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❌SOLD❌ Gibson RB-250 Banjo Mahogany, 1998


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The Gibson RB-250 Mastertone banjo was for many years a workhorse for bluegrass and country players, and was built from 1954 until the 2010 Nashville floods destroyed the workshop and machinery.  Since then, there have been occasional hints, not necessarily from Gibson, that there’s a plan to resume production but that may just be hopeful voices; it’s more likely that we will see no more new Gibson banjos.  

The RB-250 features mahogany construction for the resonator and neck, which has a bound ebony fingerboard.  The standard Style 250 inlay set of Mother of Pearl is in good shape with little wear, with expected lacquer yellowing and slight chipping on the headstock script Gibson logo.   

This Gibson RB-250 example dates to 1998 and is good working order.  It has just been completely worked over and set up by Anne Hartman at The Twelfth Fret.     Fret wear is moderate but it plays cleanly, and delivers that loud, clear Gibson banjo sound.   There is visible wear on the arm-rest plating, sure signs that it’s been used as intended, and that’s a good thing.   

The instrument seems fully original.   

The original flat top,  hard shell case is included.


Price: $2,650.00 CAD
  • Model: RB-250
  • Year: 1998
  • Finish Gloss
  • Class: Used
  • Serial Number: 250-98-26
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Condition: Good
  • Date Posted: 25/09/2018

  • This instrument has been sold
  • Not Consignment

  • Including original Hard case
  • Instrument Weight: 11.68lbs 5.31kg
  • Scale Length: 26.375in 669.925mm
  • Nut Width: 1.218in 30.93mm
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